peppered moth

noun

Definition of peppered moth

: a European geometrid moth (Biston betularia) that typically has white wings with small black specks but also occurs as a solid black form especially in areas where the air is heavily polluted by industry

Examples of peppered moth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Until recently, the most famous example of rapid evolution was the story of the peppered moth. Vaughn Cooper, Quartz, 10 Sep. 2021 Until recently, the most famous example of rapid evolution was the story of the peppered moth. Vaughn Cooper, Quartz, 10 Sep. 2021 Until recently, the most famous example of rapid evolution was the story of the peppered moth. Vaughn Cooper, Quartz, 10 Sep. 2021 Until recently, the most famous example of rapid evolution was the story of the peppered moth. Vaughn Cooper, Quartz, 10 Sep. 2021 Until recently, the most famous example of rapid evolution was the story of the peppered moth. Vaughn Cooper, Quartz, 10 Sep. 2021 Until recently, the most famous example of rapid evolution was the story of the peppered moth. Vaughn Cooper, Quartz, 10 Sep. 2021 Until recently, the most famous example of rapid evolution was the story of the peppered moth. Vaughn Cooper, Quartz, 10 Sep. 2021 Until recently, the most famous example of rapid evolution was the story of the peppered moth. Vaughn Cooper, Quartz, 10 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of peppered moth

1766, in the meaning defined above

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“Peppered moth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/peppered%20moth. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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